The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics prepares students who wish to investigate the causes and risk factors of diseases and injuries in populations. Epidemiologists conduct both experimental and observational studies within the community, including studying the characteristics of individuals and their physical and social environments. Their findings provide public health practitioners and policy makers with guidance to promote health and prevent and control diseases and injuries. Epidemiology students learn from and participate with faculty members, most of whom are employees of the New York State Department of Health with University at Albany appointments. These faculty are actively practicing epidemiology and addressing the public health problems and priorities of New York.
Biostatistics MS | STEM |
Epidemiology MS | STEM |
Guthrie Birkhead Receives Hermann M. Biggs Memorial Medal and Certificate
Guthrie Birkhead, Professor Emeritus in Epidemiology & Biostatistics has been selected for the Hermann M. Biggs Memorial Medal and Certificate (State Leadership) for the 2021 New York State Public Health Partnership Conference Annual Awards. Every year, New York State Public Health Association (NYSPHA) presents awards in several different categories to those with outstanding leadership efforts.
5 Questions with Faculty: Akiko Hosler
Akiko Hosler, PhD, is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Prior to joining the University at Albany in 2007, she served as Director of Diabetes Surveillance and Evaluation at the New York State Department of Health for 11 years. Dr. Hosler’s research has two major areas of focus; diabetes and its associated metabolic disorders, and the built environment and its impact on health.
Creating Suicide Safer Care in Behavioral Health Settings
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 5, 2021) – Clinical Associate Professor Brett Harris and Associate Professor Melissa Tracy collaborated with colleagues at the New York State Office of Mental Health to evaluate the quality of suicide care in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. Compared to mental health providers, SUD providers reported lower practice of suicide care, lower self-efficacy, and lower effectiveness providing suicide care.
Ocean Water Levels Continue to Rise
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 22, 2021) – In a recent study, Professor Igor Zurbenko and colleague Amy Potrzeba-Macrina analyzed global temperature data in order to forecast global water level patterns over the next several decades. The global temperature data collected indicated that temperature will continue to increase around the world, including Arctic and Antarctic regions.
Preexisting Mental Illness Associated with Elevated Mortality Risk among Medicaid-Insured Women with Breast Cancer
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 24, 2021) – In a recent study, UAlbany School of Public Health alum (DrPH, 2020) Dr. Wayne Lawrence collaborated with several faculty to investigate the impact of preexisting mental illnesses on all-cause and cause-specific mortality among Medicaid-insured women diagnosed with breast cancer. The researchers discovered that among women diagnosed with breast cancer, those with preexisting severe mental illness (SMI) at diagnosis were at an increased risk of overall mortality and cancer-specific mortality compared to women without mental illness.
Epidemiology and Biostatistics Faculty
Department of Health Faculty
Lazariu, Victoria, PhD, MS
Retired & Adjunct Faculty